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MadNurseGaz

Airfix 1/72 Blohm und Voss Bv141B

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Late on parade again, but i thought I'd torture some plastic in the shape of a Bv141

as kitted by Airfix in 1/72.Here it is.

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I will report as and when I have something to report. I've always like this aircraft. I built one many, many

years ago back in my youth(!) and enjoyed the build, masking the canopy is the only difficult bit.............

(Are those Famous Last Words??!!)

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Edited by MadNurseGaz

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Well, I've made a start with a bit of putting together some sub-assemblies

and painting on the sprue. Masking the transparencies has been a major task

in this build, made worse by cutting lumps out of my fingertips with the scalpel!

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so there we are........

Doesn't the interior look bare! But I've not found any pictures of Bv141 cockpits.....yet!

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Thanks for that link, Martin. A quick shufti shows some interesting pictures and diagrams, and some interior detail

that Airfix leaves out, but the main impression I get is that the aircraft actually is quite bare inside!

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Pretty freaky looking thing! Did it ever fly?

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Yes, ten (I think) were built, it was a private venture to meet a Luftwaffe specification for a short-range tactical

reconnaissance aircraft. It first flew in 1938 and proved completely airworthy, with very few problems arising

during testing at the Luftwaffe's Erprobungsstelle at Rechlin- Nazi Germany's A&AEE. Itwas planned to form

an operational evaluation unit on the Russian front, but the plan never reached fruition and all development was

discontinued in 1942. The aircraft was a "failure" due more to Luftwaffe distrust of its unorthodox layout than to

any shortcomings in the design.

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Here's it's successful introduction into service and operational successes heralded in an edition of 'Der Adler', May 1942

http://falkeeins.blogspot.com/2010/07/der-...-11-bv-141.html

German mag Jet&Prop did a two-part article in 2004

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Edited by FalkeEins

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What superb photos, FalkeEins! Thank you for those.

I just hope I can create an interior to resemble them!

Although I don't know if I can do it justice. I'll 'ave a go!

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Always liked it.

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A good choice Gaz, the Bv141 has always appealed to me too.

One early prototype has a paticularly 'charm'!!

prototype1411.jpg

Cliff

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Made a little progress on this. I've added some internal detail to the cockpit:

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It's a bulkhead and the couch for the bomb-aimer/gunner/observer.

Should liven up the cockpit a bit!

The seat area doesn't really look as patchy as the photo!

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I'm liking this build, so much so in fact, that I can see this kit joining the stash in the very near future. Looking forward to the next update; keep it up Gaz.

Martin

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yes, me too.. but what are the canopy/clear parts like... hopefully not as bad as those on the Airfix Fw 189

..there is a pic of this area of the cockpit if I can find it somwhere. FWIW most of the engine instruments were on the inner engine cowling face (ie outside the cockpit..)

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watching with interest ........its in the loft insulation (old & new boxed forms!!) interesting plane which was disliked by the conventional senior Luftwaffe hierarchy

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There's a few "stories" around here. It was not a private venture but one of the two approved final competitors in the competition. The A series handled well (perhaps to some people's surprise) but the much heavier pre-production B series was less satisfactory. Apart from this, the main disadvantage of the type was the need for the powerful BMW engine, already in great demand for the more important Fw190 and Do217, amongst others. There must also be some doubt whether the type would have proved handy in the short rough field environment where the lighter Fw189 shone.

Interestingly, there is a end-of-war photo of one of these carrying codes (Stammkennzeichen) outside the known range of the B-series. Were there more?

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yes, me too.. but what are the canopy/clear parts like... hopefully not as bad as those on the Airfix Fw 189

..there is a pic of this area of the cockpit if I can find it somwhere. FWIW most of the engine instruments were on the inner engine cowling face (ie outside the cockpit..)

The clear parts are a PITA! Thick, not very clear, ill-defined framing (and lots of it!), I have covered them completely in masking tape and am now cutting out gaps in the

masking for the frames (in between mopping up the blood where the scalpel has sliced my fingers). It's many years since I built the Airfix Fw189, and I've only ever built one of those,

and I don't remember what the glazing on it was like, but the Bv141 is Airfix glazing at its worst!

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in between mopping up the blood where the scalpel has sliced my fingers). It's many years since I built the Airfix Fw189, and I've only ever built one of those,

and I don't remember what the glazing on it was like, but the Bv141 is Airfix glazing at its worst!

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Ouch....medics!! stretcher bearers!! ...man down

The FW189 is one of my favourite Airfix kits, I have here the original box art version pattern no 267 original series 2 the front nose canopy is heavy & thick , the rear gun positions canopies not so bad...the re released copy is in the loft & too cold to venture up there!!! crikey its 1 am!!

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Gaz, thanks to your build this kit joined the stash this afternoon. I said it wouldn't be long before it happened. I shall be following your build even more closely now; no pressure or anything! :whip:

Martin

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I had one of these kits when I was a lad (a loooong time ago), I remember buying it because it just looked so odd. No idea what happened to it but for some bizarre reason I still have the front canopy. Nothing else, just that.

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I have a good number of images of the BV-141, including internal drawings and photographs which appear to be from official manuals. Too much to post here, and it's not mine to post, but happy to forward it to anyone who needs it.

If I remember where I downloaded this from, I'll post a link,

Cheers,

Bill.

Edit:

As soon as I posted that, I found the link!

Edited by Heraldcoupe

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